10 Major Pieces
The Treasury exhibition explores fifteen centuries of Irish artistic achievement. We have selected ten objects from the exhibition that best represent the range of skills and styles of decoration used from the Iron Age to the end of the early medieval period.
The most sumptuous Irish Iron Age gold collar was found in a hoard of gold objects close to the ancient shore of Lough Foyle at Broighter, Co. Derry.
This important Iron Age artefact is possibly linked to the Ulster Kings at Emain Macha.
This chalice dates from the early 9th century AD and was found in 1980 on a monastic site at Derrynaflan, Co. Tipperary
This silver paten, like the Derrynaflan Chalice, is part of a hoard of altar vessels found at Derrynaflan, Lurgoe, Co. Tipperary.
This silver-gilt annular brooch, found at Bettystown, Co. Meath is elaborately decorated on both faces.
This silver chalice, originally found at Reerasta, Ardagh, Co. Limerick was used for dispensing Eucharistic wine during the celebration of Mass.
The Bell of St. Patrick and its Shrine dates respectively from the 8th-9th century AD and circa AD 1100
The Lismore Crozier was discovered at Lismore Castle in the 19th Century, and dates from 1100 AD.
The Cross of Cong was made in 1123 to encase a fragment of the True Cross that was brought to Ireland and displayed in different places around the country. The cross is so-called because it was kept in the Augustinian Friary at Cong, county Mayo, for centuries.
The Book of Psalms known as the Faddan More Psalter, dates from approximately AD 800.